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The Vincast Episode 116 – Brian Walsh from Wine Australia

Like so many in the industry, Brian Walsh got into the wine business almost by accident. As a teenager from the McLaren Vale, he was more interested in surfing that wine, but needing a job he took what was intended as a temporary position with Chateau Reynalla. He spent 20 years working in the McLaren Vale before accepting the position of chief winemaker at Yalumba in the Barossa in 1988. After an incredible 26 years he stepped away from full-time winemaking, and now sits on a number of industry boards, including the chair of Wine Australia.

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Let’s Taste – Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Moss Wood was the first commercial vineyard planted in the Margaret River region, and since 1969 it has built much of its international reputation on its Cabernet Sauvignon. I was thrilled an honoured to be sent a bottle of the 2014 vintage and be able to share my impressions of one of Australia’s most iconic wines. Let me know your thoughts below, what’s the best Australian Cabernet Sauvignon you’ve ever tasted?

Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 – RRP $128.00

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April 6, 2017 · 8:18 am

Let’s Taste – Witchmount Lowen Park Sangiovese Rosé & Estate Cabernet Franc 2016

Witchmount Estate is one of the closest wineries to central Melbourne, and has been producing outstanding wines for many years. Having been submitted some samples I was thrilled to taste some Witchmount wines on Let’s Taste for the first time! Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Wines tasted;
Witchmount Lowen Park Sangiovese Rosé 2016 – RRP $19.00
Witchmount Estate Cabernet Franc 2016 – RRP $32.00

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March 28, 2017 · 4:19 pm

Let’s Taste – Scorpo Eocene Chardonnay 2010

The Mornington Peninsula was the first wine region I fell in love with as a newbie wino, and undoubtedly the most important white variety here in this maritime climate is chardonnay. Scorpo Wines is located in Merricks North, established in 1997, and this bottle of their reserve chardonnay was gifted to me a few years ago by their Victorian distributor Cellarhand. Let me know what your thoughts are, have you enjoyed a premium Mornington chardonnay lately?

Scorpo Eocene Chardonnay 2010 – RRP $65.00 (current vintage)

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March 17, 2017 · 12:26 am

Let’s Taste – De Bortoli Noble One 2003

Most Australian wine lovers would have heard of family owned wine producer De Bortoli, and if they have there’s a good chance they’ve heard of Noble One. This is Australia’s most famous dessert wine, created back in 1982, which coincidentally was the year I was born. Further coincidentally I was given this 750ml bottle of the 2003 vintage for my birthday by my older sister, and I’ve had it in my cellar for the past eight years or so. Here are my impressions of an iconic Australian sweet wine with some age.

De Bortoli Noble One Botrytis Semillon 2003 – RRP $64.00 (current vintage)

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March 15, 2017 · 10:57 pm

Let’s Taste – Mitchell Harris Curio Syrah 2016

Last year I was helping out at the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival Masterclass sessions at The Glasshouse, and I met Alisha Begbie, undoubtedly one of the biggest wine enthusiasts I’ve ever encountered. Alisha has spent the last few years volunteering at every wine event and wine show she can, attending every tasting possible, and being involved in consumer-oriented winemaking opportunities. She even helped hand bottle the inaugural vintage of my Vino Intrepido! During the 2016 vintage she was part of the Curious Winemaker program that Mitchell Harris run in Ballarat, and she was involved with this Curio Syrah 2016 she kindly gave me a bottle of.

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March 15, 2017 · 3:47 pm

Let’s Taste – Petaluma Hanlin Hill Riesling 2004

Many years ago when I was sourcing wine on the auction market, I was looking for iconic examples of Australian wines, and there are few more iconic rieslings in this country than the Petaluma Hanlin Hill Riesling from the Clare Valley. I’ve been holding onto this 2004 vintage for as long as I could, and today is the day. Have you had some memorable experiences drinking mature Clare Valley riesling?

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March 8, 2017 · 9:09 pm

Let’s Taste – Mount Langi Ghiran Langi Shiraz 2004

I’ve been sitting on this second bottle for a few years now, and thought it was about time to open it. The Mount Langi Ghiran Langi Shiraz has one of the best modern pedigrees for shiraz in Australia, and it is richly deserved, as it is one of the most consistent and age-able. Former guest of the podcast Dan Buckle was the winemaker when this 2004 vintage was made, and I was excited to see how it was travelling. Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Mount Langi Ghiran Langi Shiraz 2004 – RRP $120.00 (current vintage)

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February 25, 2017 · 7:30 pm

Let’s Taste – Tahbilk Red Wines February 2017

There is a soft spot in my vinous heart for Tahbilk, due in some part for the historical significance of the winery, and also the fact that CEO and owner Alister Purbrick was a guest on The Vincast wine podcast. The lovely team at Fireworks PR sent me some samples to taste, and these are my impressions. Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Wines tasted;
Tahbilk Grenache Shiraz Mouvedre 2015 – RRP $25.70
Tahbilk Shiraz 2014 – RRP $25.70
Tahbilk Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 – RRP $25.70
Website – http://tahbilk.com.au

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February 25, 2017 · 6:47 pm

Let’s Taste – Out of Step Denton View Hill Chardonnay 2016

I’ve long been a supporter of the Out of Step Wine Co wines made by former guests of The Vincast wine podcast, Nathan Reeves and David Chatfield. When Dave recently got in touch to let me know that they had released their first chardonnay since 2014, I was thrilled to have a chance to taste it. Let me know what your thoughts are in the comments below!

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February 25, 2017 · 6:27 pm